For a country to be moral and just, perhaps one of the hallmarks is a police service that's kept well in check, and who's purpose is not to protect business and corporations, but to "protect and serve" the people.
When the checks and balances of the police service fail, as is inevitable, then it falls on the fourth estate, journalism, to provide public restitution. When journalism fails to provide this service you know you're in real trouble and it really can only get worse.
The G20 back in 2010 was a preview of a high surveillance police state being implemented under our noses. The failure of checks and balances and journalism to determine the truth for that has set the stage for a Canada that will increasingly cover up it's fledging corruption.
In Canada and other western nations we often look down on the news (propaganda) sources of other countries, because we know their governments are corrupt and are simply whitewashing the reports. We rarely say the same about our own actions. However, left unaddressed you can very well expect our quality of cover-ups and "reporting" to reach that discredited third world status. Where no matter how obvious the corruption, and the cover-up, nothing is done. It's a slippery slope which will encourage ever more egregious and obvious corruption while the tools available to the people to fight it are systematically disabled.
Montreal cop to be disciplined for threat against man in freezing temperatures
MONTREAL - A Montreal police officer captured on video telling a homeless man he would tie him to a pole in frigid temperatures if his behaviour didn't improve will be disciplined this week.How in the great white fuck was this even allowed to be published in the so-called first world? "we know he tried to do everything to help out the homeless person". Like what? Where? When? How? Zero details.
A senior police spokesman confirmed Monday the unnamed officer met with his commanding officer last Friday.
Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere says the matter will be dealt with internally this week.
A video shot by a passerby and posted to YouTube shows part of the interaction between the officer and the homeless man.
The officer can be heard saying that if another citizen complains to police about the man he would "tie him to a pole for an hour."
The homeless man was wearing only a short-sleeved T-shirt and jean shorts that reached his calves.
Lafreniere describes the officer in question as a "good cop" who made an unacceptable comment.
"The Montreal police were not happy with the words that were used,'' Lafreniere said Monday. ''It was not acceptable. This is a good police officer and we know he tried to do everything to help out the homeless person."
Lafreniere said last week the sanctions could range from a verbal warning to a suspension.
Go read third world news and see how they refer to disturbances like this, how the government and police are always in the right even when their story (or lack there-of) is clearly a lie. Either that or Canada secretly redefined the meaning of "help".
Do you really think that if left unaddressed this corruption in our police forces is going to go away, or get worse? Do you think internal reviews and "sanctions" are going to address a clearly systemic issue of corruption and cover-ups? How much more obvious will it have to become that the police are now being trained not to protect the public, but to protect an economic system from the public and to systematically suppress the increasing numbers of people left without a chair when the music stops? How ridiculous will the regurgitation reports we call "news" have to get before people realize that when it comes to the credibility of our ability to keep corruption in check we're no different than those third world countries we look down on.
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